Pope Francis condemns attack on a convoy in Syria

Cheryl Sanders
April 22, 2017

Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts amid tensions in North Korea and Syria.

Pope Francis celebrated Easter Sunday mass with tens of thousands of people who faced heavy security checks in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

At least 126 people, including 68 children, were killed in a bomb attack Saturday near Aleppo when a vehicle loaded with explosives hit buses transporting evacuees from mostly government-held towns.

"May [God] sustain the efforts of those who are actively working to bring comfort and relief to the civilian population in beloved Syria, who are greatly suffering from a war that does not cease to sow horror and death", the pontiff said, according to BBC.

Francis attacked the "scandalous reality of a world still marked by the divide between the endless number of indigent" and the "tiny portion of those who possess the majority of riches and presume to decide the fates of humanity".

Francis recalled "all those forced to leave their homelands as a result of armed conflicts, terrorist attacks, starvation and oppressive regimes".

Repeatedly during Holy Week services, Francis has drawn attention to the plight of war victims, refugees and migrants.

Pope Francis told the crowd that the message of the angel to the women at the tomb, "Go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, '" is directed to believers today as well.

He also mentioned hostilities and starvation plaguing parts of Africa.

He prayed for God's blessing on "those experiencing moments of crisis and difficulty, especially due to high unemployment, particularly among young people".

A missing 15-year-old girl was found in California after a month-long search. He concluded by praying in a special way for all those Christian communities that are persecuted and oppressed in different parts of the world today, saying they are called to give a particularly hard and courageous witness to the Easter message.

St Peter's Square was decorated with colorful spring flowers along with the flower pots of hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, pink roses on the steps leading to the church. - "He is truly risen, as he said!"

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was officially pushed out at the network. O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing.

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